‘Dollars for Diego’ holds first fundraiser for new facility, sensory gym

Workers say they are hoping more of the community can come together to support equine-assisted therapy.

  Vaping on campus, how does your child’s school measure up?

  Do you get sick every time it gets cold?

Scientists need 10,000 pets for largest-ever dog study of its kind

Stoddard County Ambulance to begin its annual “Home for the Holidays” program

Cincinnati-area high school announces mandatory drug tests for all students beginning in 2020

Third flu death reported in Arkansas

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  ‘We love you, Alex’: Trebek chokes up over ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant’s heartfelt answer

  82-year-old Navy vet travels across U.S. to donate blood, stops in Jonesboro

New AED’s donated to Arkansas State University

  ‘I think my classmates love me’: Kindergarten visits friend who had a stroke

  Make-A-Wish revealed; wish unselfishly given to community

US officials identify ‘strong culprit’ in vaping illnesses

Missouri proposes ban on pot companies paying taxes in cash

Missouri's health department wants to ban medical marijuana businesses from paying taxes, fines or fees in cash

  Homeless shelter receives $200,000 in grants

A local homeless shelter has received thousands, now they’re making some much-needed improvements.

  Grant allows trees to be planted at Wynne school playgrounds

Six trees were planted at two Wynne schools Tuesday in hopes to shed light on the importance of the environment.

  All of Us Journey research program comes to Jonesboro

The goal is to have at least one-million volunteers share their health information and help begin a new era in medical research.

  Concern over ambulance service expansion

Arkansas Department of Human Services to shutter 4 offices

  Arkansas receives an “F” for premature birth rates, Missouri a “D+”

  DEA warns about counterfeit fentanyl pills from Mexico

  Arky’s World fights seasonal depression during holiday season

  Vaping, e-cigarettes aren’t a ‘gateway’ to teen smoking, study says

  Louisiana still showing high levels of flu cases, according to CDC

Flu activity will peak from December to February. Dr. Ajit Alexander, with Ochsner LSU, says it’s best for people to go ahead and get their flu shots before things get worse.

‘My mom won’t wake up’: Girl, 12, calls 911 after mom overdoses on Fla. interstate

The girl and her two younger siblings were in the minivan when their mother allegedly passed out.

  Organization works to promote academic success in African American students

Working towards a college degree can have an impact on students’ mental health; Arkansas Summit on African American Males shares information on how to overcome it and be successful.

  Buffalo Island Family Medical Clinic opens in Monette

Monette, with a population of over 1,500 people, now won’t have to worry about traveling to the next biggest city to receive medical treatment.

  What’s on your wallet?

We all use a credit or debit card in some fashion. Almost everyone touches it during their lifetime but then what do we do with our hands?

  New “Ma’am Mobile” equipped with technology to detect cancer sooner

A new mammography unit will be hitting the road soon with the newest technology and abilities to detect cancer earlier.

  DHS takes temporary control of Lexington Place Healthcare and Rehab; facility still in receivership

The Lexington Place Healthcare and Rehab came to DHS’s attention after employees weren’t paid on Sept. 23.

  Donations needed ahead of colder weather

Helping the Underserved Belong (HUB) in Jonesboro is in desperate need for warm clothing for their homeless customers.

Four major behavioral health providers in state to form non-profit organization

A group of four behavioral health providers in the state will be joining forces to create a non-profit organization that officials say will provide better outcomes for clients and patients alike, officials said Wednesday.

  NICU babies celebrate Halloween with adorable costumes

NICU nurses at Methodist Germantown Hospital dressed up the babies in adorable Halloween costumes.

Medical marijuana certifier to expand statewide

A central Arkansas clinic announced plans to expand their operations with new offices, including here in Region 8, that specializes in certifying new patients wanting medical marijuana.

  Event stirs up excitement for NEA Race for the Cure

The 2020 Komen Northeast Arkansas Race for the Cure is six months away, and progress is already being made to make this year’s race even bigger and better.

  Rehabilitation program struggles to get patients to appointments

Rehabilitation patients at a local facility are struggling to keep good transportation to and from appointments and meetings

  Breast cancer patient finds ’meaning to life’ after diagnosis 10 days before wedding

Surrounded by friends and family on April 27, 2019, Megan Badon went from a Ms. to a Mrs. However, days before that big day, she felt something strange.

Missouri health chief thinks abortion clinic deal possible

Missouri's health department director says he believes an agreement can be reached with Planned Parenthood that would keep open Missouri's only abortion clinic

Medical pot group asks Missouri officials to regulate vaping

A medical marijuana trade group wants Missouri health officials to issue strict vaping regulations as the number of people in the United States suffering from vape-related lung illnesses continues to rise

  Is it the flu or vaping-related illness? Why doctors say it could be difficult to tell apart

Health professionals are still looking into the products and chemicals that could be causing the vaping-related illness outbreak across the nation. But doctors are concerned the next few months could be challenging as the flu season kicks into high gear.

  Next step telemedicine proves life-saving

“It’s a wonderful thing for us people, we people in a small town to have the ability to speak to these specialists in Jonesboro, wherever they may be,” said Holcomb. “It gives us the opportunity to have excellent healthcare in our own hometown.”

  Anxiety, panic disorder medication recalled over potential foreign substance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public about a recall of one lot of Alprazolam Tablets. The medication is being recalled due to the potential presence of a foreign substance.

  DEA approves vaping pens, e-cigs for Drug Take-Back drop-off

Oct. 26 was National Drug Take-Back Day, and the Drug Enforcement Administration is now allowing new drug products to be disposed of at take-back locations.

  JPD will help get rid of your unwanted drugs

Local law enforcement will be placed throughout Jonesboro to help collect unwanted medications.

Humid, windy days are worse for pain, study says

The new study says humid and windy days are worse for pain.

  How to prevent carbon monoxide leaks at home

Make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors installed before winter hits.

Arkansas deploys anonymous tip texting platform in schools

Arkansas public and open-enrollment charter schools will have a new tool to protect their campuses.

Report: Obesity rising among Arkansas state, school workers

A report shows the obesity rate in Arkansas has increased among state and public school employees and their spouses

Recall Alert: Sausages possibly contaminated with salmonella

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 6,444 pounds of ready-to-eat sausage sold at Walmart might be contaminated with salmonella.

Opening day set for Planned Parenthood’s new Illinois clinic

A clinic quietly constructed in southern Illinois to meet demand for abortion services by residents outside the state is close to opening

Two Region 8 breast cancer survivors recognized at ‘Survivor Hall’ reception

The hall was created in 2006 to honor women fighting breast cancer and to serve as a testimony to other patients who go through the building every day.

  2019 Women’s Expo comes to Northeast Arkansas

Many businesses specializing in women’s needs were on-site, including hair, clothing, and free health screenings.

Deputy, cancer survivor honored with custom patrol car paint job

Tunica County Sheriff's Office is honoring one of their deputies with a fresh cruiser paint job.

  Battling cancer, ‘Courageous Carter’ receives thousands of cards for 10th birthday

Thousands of cards, messages and presents have been pouring in for a young Louisville boy battling cancer.

J&J agrees to $117M settlement over pelvic mesh devices

Johnson & Johnson agrees to $117M multistate settlement over allegations it deceptively marketed its pelvic mesh products, which support women's sagging pelvic organs, by not fully disclosing their risks.

Toxic chemicals found in 95 percent of tested baby foods, study finds

In the study, 168 baby foods from major manufacturers were tested, and 95 percent contained lead, 73 percent contained arsenic, 75 percent contained cadmium and 32 percent contained mercury.

Teacher arrested, accused of abusing autistic students

The only form of corporal punishment they can use is a paddle to the child's buttocks.

  First vaping-related death reported in Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Health reported the first vaping-related death in the state.

Bestselling author to hold conference at Crystal Bridges

A bestselling author and wellness expert is holding a symposium at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in northwest Arkansas

  Pharmacy closes, leaving one business to supply the need

Residents of one Region 8 town have fewer options when it comes to filling their prescriptions.

  Childhood cancer drug in short supply, officials say

Officials at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital say Vincristine is in short supply.

  Mom loses her leg after pregnancy problems go unnoticed in Ga.

Doctors found massive blood clots that were spreading fast and were forced to amputate the new mother's right leg, just weeks after she gave birth.

  St. Jude leading charge to improve flu vaccine

Scientist with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital along with the University of Georgia will help lead a national push to improve the flu vaccine!

  Future doctors train in rural areas

New York Institute of Technology on A-State’s campus is expanding further to make an even bigger impact.

JPD holding E-Cig & Vape ‘take back’

On a day that’s usually held to dispose of prescription drugs, is now being targeted to also dispose of E-cigarettes and vaping devices.

Distracted driving simulator coming to several southeast Mo high schools

The ARDDES experience uses live teaching, video and peer interaction with the driving simulator.

  Number of vaping-related illnesses on the rise in Tennessee

Experts say most patients reported vaping THC--the “high” producing ingredient in marijuana.

Former NFL running back DeAngelo Williams paid for more than 500 mammograms in honor of late mother

In honor of his later mother, former NFL professional DeAngelo Williams helped pay for more than 500 mammograms over the past five years.

  Equine therapy program temporarily closing while it searches for better facility

Diego Ranch, which provides equine-assisted therapy to those struggling with physical and developmental challenges, announced it is closing temporarily.

Viral beer money sign helps college football fan raise $3 million for Iowa children’s hospital

King became the man who held up a beer sign and traded it in for a check for $3 million.

  Butterflies fill the skies, remembering those gone

St. Bernards held its 12th annual Butterfly Release with hundreds in attendance.

Kitchens to bathrooms, these are the germiest items in your home

If you think the toilet is the dirtiest thing in your house, you might be paying too much attention to scrubbing the wrong place.

Poplar Bluff VA to host pink, purple-out 2K walk

Snacks will be provided and there will be door prizes.

  Which state has the highest infection rate of gonorrhea? Mississippi.

STDs are on the rise nationally and Mississippi is near the top of several of those lists.

  Doctor busts myths surrounding the flu vaccine

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent the flu virus is to get vaccinated.

Mid-South man files class action lawsuit against JUUL e-cigarettes

The class action complaint says JUUL and two tobacco companies “exploit themes that resonate with teenagers" and use deceptive advertising practices that violate Tennessee law, contributing to the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use.

ADH: Flu activity ‘sporadic’

This flu season appears to be getting off to a slow start.

  Crisis Stabilization Unit serves first patient

The opening of the Crisis Stabilization Unit in Jonesboro will serve those who need additional help in the Region 8 area.

  Craighead County receives half a million dollars for mental health courts

The Craighead Mental Health court has received a large grant that will help support and grow the department for the next couple years.

  Free health screenings for all at local campus

A local college was filled with nurses and patients ready to receive free health care and screenings.

  Lawmakers, hospital officials work to better serve Northeast Arkansas

Arkansas State University hosted a joint meeting between doctors and lawmakers to discuss how to get more doctors in rural parts of the state, and moving patients away from emergency room care.